With the weekend on the horizon, it’s time to start making those all-important plans. While many of us like to wander downtown searching for any tune that catches our ear, it’s always good to have a game plan. To make things easy, we recommend classic Americana, soul/blues seeped in Austin authenticity, and a folk/country act that’s out of this world. Enjoy the weekend and the music, and remember to listen local!
Friday, June 22
Altamesa (single release) w/Booher, Otis Wilkins
@ Mohawk Inside (912 Red River St.) – 9 p.m. – Tickets
Classic Americana roots with a Tom Petty swing, Altamesa hearkens back to the glory days of ’70s folk rock with a modern sensibility. The band will be celebrating the release of its fourth single from the “From the Idol Frontier” series, called “Shadow on Your Heart/The Dawn.” If the track is anything like the first three entries, expect soulful, dusty country, played with power and conviction.
Also playing: emotional rock band Booher and Otis Wilkins of Otis the Destroyer.
The Reverent Few w/South Austin Moonlighters, Denny Freeman
@ Saxon Pub (1320 S. Lamar Blvd.) – Music starts at 6 p.m. – Tickets
Blending soul, gospel, and old fashioned Austin rock-a-blues, The Reverent Few has a sound that’s familiar and brand new at the same time. Tunes like “Marjorie” are tailor made for jump up and jam soul nights, while slow burners like “I’ll Bring the Wine” scorch and simmer with spine-tingling blues. Well worth your time and attention.
Also playing: blues/rock/soul stalwart The South Austin Moonlighters and guitar legend Denny Freeman.
Saturday, June 23
The Deer w/Kalu and the Electric Joint, Batty Jr.
@ Mohawk Outside (912 Red River St.) – 8 p.m. – Tickets
Masters of elevating simple guitars, banjos, and vocals into heart-stirring soundscapes, The Deer is a band not to be missed this weekend. Reminiscent of acts like First Aid Kit and Nickel Creek, The Deer grounds its sound in Americana country and heartfelt lyrics. Every song brings me to a point of time in my past, which is the hallmark of quality music.
Also playing: soul/rock master Kalu and the Electric Joint and throwback rocker Batty Jr.
@BillTuckerTSP wants to know:
Where are you going for live, local music this weekend in Austin?